Mt. Williamson P1K SPS / WSC / LVMC

Sat, Jun 15, 2002

With: Joe Hanssen
Justin Wasielewski

Etymology Story Photos / Slideshow Map Profile
later climbed Tue, Jul 9, 2002

Mt. Williamson (14,375 ft.)

Named by Whitney Survey in 1864

"Named in 1864 by Clarence King of the Whitney Survey for Lt. Robert S. Williamson of the Pacific Railroad Survey.

Williamson, of the U. S. Topographical Engineers, was assistant to Capt. W. H. Warner in 1849, and in 1853 was a member of the Pacific Railroad Survey.
- Erwin Gudde, California Place Names

"'Farther observatons, by Mr. King, showed that a point about two miles northeast of Mount Tyndall was a little higher than this mountain; it was named in honor of Major R. S. Williamson, of the United States Engineers, so well known by his topographical labors on the Pacific coast, especially in connection with the United States railroad surveys.' (Whitney, Geology, 382.)

Robert Stockton Williamson (1824-1882) led an expedition in 1853 to explore the passes across the southern Sierra Nevada to find a suitable route for a railroad. (Pacific Railroad Reports, vol. V.)"
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada

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